NEW FREE TRAINING: Introduction to Community Organising

This fun, energetic, FREE course introduces you to Community Organising – the work of bring people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. Community Organisers reach out and listen, connect and motivate people to build their collective power.

Date: Thursday 28th February, 10am to 4pm. Venue: Calcot Community Centre, RG31 4XD

Refreshments and sandwich lunch will be provided.

This whole day training event is facilitated by independent charity CCB and run by Community Organisers. It is supported by West Berkshire Council Adult Community Learning.

WHAT IS COMMUNITY ORGANISING?
When communities work together, the possibilities for positive change are endless. Community organising is the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. Community organisers reach out and listen, connect and motivate people to build their collective power. When people are organised, communities get heard and power begins to shift creating real change for good.

WHAT DOES THE COURSE COVER?

This one-day course is an introduction to community organising as a process which can reach out and bring people together to form stronger relationships and develop community activities together. Community organisers do not do things on behalf of people but motivate and facilitate people to make small and powerful changes locally and for wider social change.

During this course you will explore:

  • What community organising is
  • The importance of listening to build relationships and uncover issues
  • Power in communities and why it matters
  • How to motivate people to take action
  • How to take your next steps in community organising & social action

RECOMMENDATIONS

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Learners at Intro to Community Organising @Beech Hill

CCB facilitated this course in June 2018 and learners there had a really positive experience. Comments included:

‘It was a really welcoming environment. I enjoyed the interaction and participatory way of learning and it gave me a fresh perspective.’

‘I really enjoyed finding out about the structure of community organising and the concept of listening at different levels.’

BOOKING

This course is FREE to attend but places are limited so we will charge a £10 administration fee if you fail to attend the course. To book your place please complete this form: https://ccberks.wufoo.com/forms/introduction-to-community-organisers-zllx7xo0dv1jeh/


Great changes ahead for CCB

Members representing communities from across Berkshire gathered on the morning of 8th November  at The Barn in Purley on Thames to attend our 2018 Annual General Meeting.

With the Barn adorned with poppies in celebration of the 1st World War centenary, attendees gathered to hear Ralph Godbold, CCB Chair, run proceedings.

At this year’s AGM a special resolution was put to our membership asking them to vote on whether we could change our name. All members present voted to accept the proposed name change and agreed that the charity’s name could be changed to Connecting Communities in Berkshire, though we will still be known as the abbreviated version: CCB.

Tim Parry, Chief Officer, presented the 2017-18 Annual Review and used the opportunity to highlight CCB’s ongoing projects, namely;

  • The Energy & Fuel Poverty Advice Project delivered by Helen Dean, Project Co-ordinator. Tim explained that if everyone that Helen had spoken to in the course of a year saved the average amount by switching supplier, between them they could have saved in excess of £80,000.
  • Our adult community learning programme which Gemma Matthews, CCB’s Office Manager coordinates, provided training for over 150 people and we have already published a comprehensive training schedule aimed at supporting communities in 2018-19.
  • Kate Meads, Community Buildings Advisor, joined the team in March 2018 and has done a fantastic job supporting community buildings and village halls in Berkshire, taking over the reins from Wendy Dacey who retired in March.
  • Loneliness & Isolation – CCB are currently focusing on rural loneliness and Tim is researching data on the subject, making sure people know about existing groups and, where there are gaps, working to help fill them.

Tim expressly thanked the Trustees of CCB for volunteering their time and skills to ensure we stay on the straight and narrow, and our funders, without whom we could not deliver our projects.

After the official business of the AGM concluded, Graham Barker High Sheriff of Berkshire gave a short and impassioned talk. Graham spoke about the history of high sheriffs in England, his powers and the three themes he selected for his tenure as High Sheriff: community, compassion and culture.

 


Social Media Training for Community Groups & Buildings

DATE: 31ST JANUARY 2019. VENUE: DAVIES ROOM, SWALLOWFIELD PARISH HALL. TIME: 7PM – 9PM.

Community buildings and village halls are valuable and essential venues for playgroups, dance classes, spots activities, adult education, meeting, family celebrations and other activities. Community events and groups provide key social opportunities for people to come together to celebrate or link-up with neighbours and others from their village, town or surrounding area.

This session will give volunteers that run or organise these a greater understanding of social media and how it can be used as a key marketing tool to help them promote their club, group, building or event, improve bookings/attendance and keep people informed and up-to-date on information.

Ran by a Social Media Expert & Senior Marketing Manager at Yell the training will cover:

  • Facebook – what is most appropriate for your community asset or group – business page, group or personal page. How to engage with Facebook Live, creating events, getting reviews, creating posts with accompanying imagery, different post types.
  • Twitter – how to post (character limits), respond, add photos/videos, use hashtags, how to find & join in local conversations.
  • Instagram – image formats and filters, using hashtags and locations.
  • Google My Business – the benefit of adding location to Google Maps, imagery, reviews etc.
  • Yell.com – Benefit of listing your hall or group as another marketing opportunityOnce the theory part of the session is over there will be the opportunity to ask many questions and to put your knowledge into motion straight away by bringing along your laptop and beginning to set up or improve your social media presence.

    This training is FREE for CCB & CBAS Members or £10 for non- member. Delicious refreshments will be provided. To book please click here.


Christmas Fair at Douai Pavilion

Sunday 18th November

10.00am – 7.00pm – What’s on guide and timings attached

Whether you are starting your Christmas shopping, or even finishing it Douai Christmas Market is the place to come for all those wonderful gifts!

We have so many different stalls that you are sure to find what you are looking for.

But don’t come just to shop we have:-

Santa’s Grotto for the children and lots of games with great prizes to win!

You can also buy your tree.

We have a fully Licensed Bar with Mulled wine and hot drinks and a great variety of food stalls selling hot scrumptious food.

Best of all we have musical performances throughout the day.

Sing along to Christmas Carols with Pangbourne Brass Band, or rock away with the Rock Choir. Woolhampton Primary School will be performing some of their and your favourite songs and then we have Emily Craig taking us into the early evening singing classics from the 60’s to current day.

Emily recently performed at Ronnie Scott’s in London!!

What more could you want for a great day out and to get you in the festive spirit?

Don’t miss out on our great Raffle prizes – who wouldn’t want a dinner voucher for £100 from the Royal Oak in Yattendon or a personally signed England Rugby piece of kit from Brad Shields? Not to mention a golf lesson from Bishops wood Pro. Golfer – Steve Ward and lots more!!!!

Free admission and parking

Visit douaipark.org.uk for further details Listen out for us on Breeze radio


CCB Reducing Home Energy Costs across Berkshire

In October, Helen provided a training session on all aspects of reducing home energy costs, to Community Engagement Officers in Wokingham.  They estimated they would be able to cascade the information to over 500 members of the community that they support in the next six months.

Deana Humphries, Manager of Wokingham Community Engagement Team said “The training provided was really helpful and informative. We work with customers who can be isolated and vulnerable, and who quite often have debt issues. Having the knowledge and confidence in providing them with the right advice to help them get not only cheaper gas and electricity, but also discounts grants, and also teach them ways of reducing their costs, will prove invaluable in extending the services we provide.”

Helen is putting on a training session for professionals who work with low-income and vulnerable groups on January 23rd 2019. This will cover signposting and advising clients on ways they can reduce their home energy costs, and making significant cost savings, including claiming The Warm Home Discount of £140. To Book please use this link: https://ccberks.wufoo.com/forms/energy-advice-fuel-poverty-workshop/